2013 Highlights of Asian Women In Business


December 12, 2013
Holiday Party

AWIB members and friends gathered at a lovely Flatiron apartment on Thursday to celebrate the holidays in style.  Smiles were on everyone’s faces as they ate and drank to their heart’s content while mingling and conversing in a warm, festive atmosphere.  Guests helped themselves to the seemingly endless supply of delicious Chinese and Vietnamese food while making sure to save enough room for dessert, which included ice cream from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and cookies and red velvet cupcakes (which Bonnie baked herself!).  Lucky winners of the raffle drawing walked away with cool prizes, which included dining certificates to upscale restaurants, hotel stays and a gift basket from the French beauty brand Talika.  It was a lively, fun-filled evening of great food and casual networking, and if you missed this AWIB end of year party, we hope that you can attend events we have planned throughout 2014!

View the flyer and photos from the party!




December 5, 2013
Holiday Trunk Sale

AWIB members and friends came out for a special girls' night out to support a great cause while preparing for the holiday season. Our first trunk sale was a success as guests rushed to get the best deals on designer handbags, eye-catching jewelry and much more. AWIB members were highlighted throughout the evening including Tam Tran, founder of Lost Wax Studio, who offered jewelry demonstrations on how to make gemstone rings - just as she does during her biannual workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

View the invitationphotos and Tam Tran's bio.

December 4, 2013 
Financing Your Business

Our popular “Starting Your Business 101” workshop series wrapped up on December 4 with a class on financing one’s business that covered the wide array of options available for funding a business, ranging from SBA-guaranteed loans to angel investing to crowdfunding.

To kick things off, Leon Terrano and Jeannie Clark from Flushing Bank unraveled the mystery behind obtaining bank loans as they told the audience what banks generally look for when screening loan applications from business owners.  Next, Cindy Chin, founder and CEO of CLC Advisors, LLC, discussed the hot topic of crowdfunding and also talked about other alternative financing options including angel investing, private equity, and venture capital.  She revealed some helpful hints on how to pitch one’s business idea to investors, drawing from her years of experience as an advisor to various startups. 

Last but certainly not least, Paul Yun, founder and CEO of Escargot NY, a New York-based smartphone accessories company, shared his personal success story of raising money through Kickstarter to launch his startup and gave the audience some useful advice for running a successful crowdfunding campaign.  As usual, many of the workshop participants stayed afterward to chat one-on-one with the speakers to seek personal advice that addressed their particular situations.

Couldn’t make it to the workshops this time?  No worries—you can catch our “Starting Your Business 101” workshop series next year as we feature another group of awesome speakers who will share tips to help you launch and grow a successful business.  And we have many other workshops planned for 2014 which will help you grow your business.

View the brochure and photos.

November 26, 2013
On and Offline Marketing Strategies

AWIB’s “Marketing—On and Offline Strategies” workshop was well received despite the inclement weather which threatened the NY metropolitan area. Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at Microsoft on November 26 to hear three marketing experts speak about effective and practical ways to promote one’s business on a limited budget.

Sandy Hussain, founder and CEO of fashion startup LUXLY, kicked off the workshop with her presentation on traditional marketing strategies for startups and small businesses. Then Kunwei Lin, a digital marketing specialist who has worked at award-winning ad agencies, gave the audience a wealth of information on SEM/SEO, social media, and video marketing.  Neerja Patel, founder of Neerja PR, rounded out the workshop by explaining some public relations tools that can be used to engage with customers.

As usual, the workshop ended with a networking session, during which participants had the opportunity to share information with one another and to ask the speakers additional questions. Many of the attendees commented on how useful they found the workshop to be and were pleased by the fact that all of the speakers were very willing to share helpful tips based on their own business experiences.

View the program announcement and photos.

November 19, 2013
Legal Structures, Taxes & Record Keeping

Once again, our “Starting Your Business 101” workshop series is proving to be extremely popular.  Our November 19th workshop on “Legal Structures, Taxes and Record-keeping” had a sold-out crowd, as participants gathered at Microsoft to hear presentations by two speakers on some topics that are highly important (yet often hopelessly confusing) for small business owners and entrepreneurs:  business laws, taxes, and accounting! 

Both speakers for this workshop are AWIB members and have been longtime supporters of the organization. Samiya (Simi) Mir, partner at Katona & Mir, a law firm specializing in employment and business law, kicked off the workshop by giving a very articulate presentation on the various legal issues that entrepreneurs must consider when setting up and running a business.  Chunyee Miot, a NYS-certified public accountant with over 10 years of experience, then delved into the nitty-gritty of tax laws and proper bookkeeping for the second half of the workshop. 

Throughout both presentations, participants frequently asked thoughtful and pertinent questions, to which the speakers happily responded by giving detailed explanations and citing specific examples to illustrate their points.  Both speakers were engaging and very knowledgeable, taking some dry and difficult topics and breaking them down clearly and concisely for the audience. 

Like the first workshop on writing a business plan, this workshop also received unanimously positive reviews (and ran over by 30 minutes!).  Most of the attendees seemed to show no signs of fatigue during the 3-hour-long workshop, as they diligently jotted down notes, asked questions during the presentations, and eagerly waited in line after the presentations to have more of their questions answered by the speakers.

Participants said that they found the workshop to be highly informative and useful, and many of them said they even received some helpful one-on-one advice from the speakers. Chunyee graciously stayed after the workshop to answer additional questions from the attendees, some of whom said they found her to be so nice and helpful that they wanted to hire her as their accountant.    

View photos from the workshop.

November 6, 2013
Diwali Celebration

AWIB and Lladró, which sells exquisite porcelain figurines hand-crafted in Spain, teamed up once again this year to celebrate Diwali, the “festival of lights.”  Visitors walked through the doors of the Lladró boutique on Madison Avenue to find themselves transported to a seemingly enchanted world of beautiful porcelain figurines, which ranged from depictions of Hindu gods and goddesses, to ballroom dancers, and even Japanese Kokeshi dolls.  Guests strolled around the elegant white interior to view the porcelain pieces on display, often pausing to chat with other attendees while sipping a glass (or two, or three…) of champagne and snacking on delicious Indian food.  Our guests commented on how inviting the store felt and thanked the Lladró staff for their wonderful hospitality.

It was a casual and fun-filled evening of networking that brought together dozens of people from all different ages, ethnicities, and professional backgrounds to share in celebrating the tradition of Diwali.  Many of the guests also opted to receive free henna tattoos from the incredibly talented henna tattoo artist Sana Amir Kadri, who drew beautiful and surprisingly intricate designs in a matter of seconds.  

View the invitation and photos from the event.

November 5, 2013
Writing a Business Plan

The Writing a Business Plan workshop was a phenomenal success as speaker Alicia Yoon, co-founder of Peach and Lily (peachandlily.com), an e-commerce site that offers premium Asian beauty products, shared her insights and experiences with an attentive audience of about 40 people at Microsoft. What initially began as a presentation quickly evolved into a lively and engaging conversation among Alicia and the workshop participants as they asked her intriguing and thoughtful questions about her views on starting a business and what to consider when crafting a business plan. The workshop received very positive reviews from the attendees, who were pleased with Alicia's down-to-earth demeanor and her ability to drive home her points by skillfully weaving her personal experiences with entrepreneurship into her presentation. The workshop turned out to be a highly dynamic one - so much so that it ran 30 minutes over schedule! 

View the brochure, the program announcement and photos.

October 1, 2013
Burberry Autumn Reception

The AWIB reception at Burberry was a great success as professionals of all ages and from all backgrounds enjoyed an evening of private shopping and networking at Burberry's 9 East 57th Street location.  Participants perused the wide selection of Burberry merchandise while engaging in lively conversations, sipping champagne, and tasting hors d'oeuvres. The shoppers who bought items during the event got special pricing on their purchases, with a portion of the proceeds going towards AWIB's programs.

View invitation and photos from the event.

September 12, 2013
Born to Lead: Asian Women Corporate Leaders

AWIB's Ninth Annual Corporate Leadership Forum co-sponsored by Credit Suisse was an evening of engaging dialogue with top Asian women executives in fields as diverse as publishing and advertising to banking and insurance. From the initial reception, to the panel discussion, and finally the meet and greet with the speakers - attendees were able to network with our panelists as well as each other. The panelists candidly discussed their experiences, the risks they took and how they have been able to balance work/life issues so that a new generation of women could learn from their journeys. As in prior years, Born to Lead continues to receive high marks by everyone.

Ranjini Pillay, SVP & Chief Underwriting Officer, AIG

Jeannine Shao Collins, EVP & Chief Innovation Officer, Meredith 360°
Grace Koo, Managing Director, Investment Banking Division, Credit Suisse
Archana Kumar, EVP & Group Planning Director, BBDO New York
Susan Yung, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

View speaker bios, the invitation, and photos of the forum.

June 11, 2013
Think Asia, Think Hong Kong

AWIB was proud to be a community sponsor of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council's (HKTDC) "Think Asia, Think Hong Kong" USA symposium. HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as Asia's central business district, the first stop for overseas companies entering the Asian market, and the global gateway to China. The symposium brought together those who want to explore new markets with business opportunities emerging in Asia and the Chinese mainland.

View the brochure.

June 6, 2013
The 2013 AWIB Procurement Opportunities Conference

AWIB's annual Procurement Conference once again offered ample opportunity to meet the right people: extensive exhibition area, one-on-one corporate matchmaking sessions, B2B networking and industry expert led panel discussions - all designed to help minority and women business owners grow their enterprises.

John C. Liu, Comptroller of the City of New York kick-started the conference. There were over 40 Federal, State and City exhibitors, ready to meet with vendors. Pre-qualified minority and women owned firms had private appointments with purchasing officers from Fortune 1,000 corporations. Engaging workshops gave attendees valuable insights into the government and corporate procurement processes. Attendees left the conference more knowledgeable and motivated with the tools to take their own businesses to the next level.

View the program announcementagenda, and photos from the conference.


May 20, 2013
Asian-Pacific Heritage Month at the Metropolitan Museum

AWIB members received an exclusive invitation to this celebration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! There were diverse performances celebrating Asian-Pacific Heritage Month in the Temple of Dendur followed by a reception. Guests heard from The Honorable Shigeyuki Hiroki, Ambassador and Consul General of Japan in New York who praised the MET for housing one of the world's largest collections of Asian art.  We also enjoyed a private viewing of Birds in the Art of Japan. The exhibition explored how Japanese artists have depicted bird species of every variety in their works. Highlights of the exhibition included masterpieces by Kawanabe Kyosai and Fukase Masahisa. Displays of paintings were juxtaposed with examples of modern and contemporary textiles, ceramics, lacquer ware, and bamboo art.  Several objects from private collections were displayed publicly in this exhibition for the first time.

View the invitation and photos of the event.

April 19, 2013
Spring Potluck Dinner

AWIB hosted an Asian themed potluck dinner for members only. Guests had the unique opportunity of networking with other professional women while indulging in great food, drink and of course - company. AWIB members were able to chat in a relaxing and informal setting and got to know each other better both personally and professionally. We were happy to see the AWIB community strengthened as a result. There was a wide variety of food including: Chinese, Korean, Indian and more. See what you missed by viewing the pictures.

View event announcement and photos of the event.

April 11, 2013
Raising the Bar and Tearing Down Barriers:
Asian Women Prosecutors and the Pursuit of Justice

AWIB's Third Annual Raising the Bar forum featured prominent Asian women prosecutors. Every year, AWIB highlights Asian women legal professionals, and this year we delved into the lives of prosecutors who make life-changing decisions everyday to protect the public interest.  Attendees had the unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful dialogue with a notable panel, who offered their perspectives on a profession in which Asian women are underrepresented. They discussed the challenges they faced due to their gender and ethnicity, and how they overcame those challenges by bringing their own styles and skills to a stereotypically "macho" profession. Now, at the management level, these women are paving the way for the next generation of Asian American prosecutors as their role models and mentors.

-Cristina Park, Supervisor, Arson/Economic Crimes Unit, Investigations Bureau, Bronx District Attorney’s Office
-Archana Rao, Deputy Chief, Special Prosecutions Bureau, Manhattan District Attorney'sOffice
-Sabrina Thanse, Bureau Chief, Public Assistance Crimes Unit, Health Care Fraud Division, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office
-Rosemary Yu, Director, Immigrant Affairs Program, Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Sandra Leung, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

View the program announcement, panelist bios, and photos of the event. 

This program was sponsored by White & Case and supported by the Asian American Bar Association of NY.

April 3, 2013
Smart Networking: Learn to Grow Your Network Exponentially

We brought back AWIB's Smart Networking workshop due to popular demand, and it was better than ever.  Facilitator Liz Lynch, founder of the Center for Networking Excellence, provided practical tips to teach participants how to connect with others, 'give to get' and the art of the ask. This was an interactive workshop where attendees participated in "speed networking" to practice proven techniques for effortless networking. As a top networking strategist, speaker and author, Liz had relevant advice for everyone. She explained the importance of building relationships to last by adding your own value and the flaw in turning networking into a one-way transactional relationship. At the same time, she stressed, "The more you tell people what you are looking for, the more likely you are to find it." Attendees left the workshop feeling confident and prepared for their next networking experience.

View the announcement and speaker bio. View event photos here.  


March 6, 2013 
Speak Up and Speak Out: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking

Whether it's a small office briefing or a major presentation, the key to success depends on being confident, clear, and concise in your speech. Over the years, AWIB has helped hundreds of business owners and professionals overcome their fear of public speaking with this highly acclaimed workshop.

This workshop was led by Robyn Hatcher, owner of SpeakEtc. Robyn facilitated an intensive session where participants practiced new skills, received constructive feedback and developed techniques to make their next speaking event an effortless one.

Participants learned:
- The power of first impressions
- How to confidently deliver engaging and dynamic presentations
- How to shape and organize a compelling message
- How to improve vocal tone for a more powerful speaking voice
- Strategies to grab (and keep) a listener's attention
- How to develop a speaking strategy that worked for them

View the announcement and read more about the speakerPhotos can be viewed here.

February 28, 2013
Brand Yourself for Leadership and Business Success

Personal branding is a requirement for success. It is the only way to stand out with today's fierce workplace competition. Karen Kang, founder and CEO of BrandingPays LLC and author of Branding Pays: The Five-Step System to Reinvent Your Personal Brand, showed attendees how to do just that.

Karen told attendees to embrace their power instead of shying away from it, which is especially relevant for Asian women who are more likely to brush off compliments than accept their true power. Often this prevents them from thinking strategically about their own personal branding.

Karen exposed attendees to practical methodologies as a starting point to help them determine their own personal brand. She was also available to answer individual questions and to sign her new book!

Attendees raved about Karen's "engaging presentation," which left them with "tangible examples" and a "strategy [and push] to start branding."

View the announcement for Brand Yourself for Leadership and Business Success. Photos can be viewed here.


February 20, 2013
Annual Lunar New Year Reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Asian Women in Business ushered in the Year of the Snake at this exclusive viewing and reception at the Metropolitan Museum. Over 500 guests mingled over cocktails in the Met’s Temple of Dendur while watching traditional ribbon and lion dance performances. Guests were treated to a private viewing of Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich. The exhibition featured open-weave sculptures in rattan inspired by plant life, human anatomy and subject matter all part of Cambodian culture. The evening was a celebration of the Lunar New Year and the intersection of art and culture. 

Photos can be viewed here.

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